Dennis Quaid is speaking out after his participation in a coronavirus PSA for the Trump administration came under scrutiny.
The “Parent Trap” actor took to Instagram on Sunday to respond to a recent Politico report suggesting that Quaid was reimbursed for a recent talk with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and that it was intended as part of a campaign to re-elect Donald Trump.
“NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPOLITICIZED,” Quaid, 66, emphatically captioned the clip.
Quaid outlined his gripes in the nearly two-and-a-half-minute video.
“I have to say right now I am feeling some outrage and a lot of disappointment about a PSA and interview that I did with Dr. Anthony Fauci a few weeks ago,” the actor said into the camera. “It is being used by the cancel culture media that I was doing a campaign ad and endorsement of Donald Trump and that I was paid handsomely for this by diverted CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] funds.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he insisted.
Quaid said the purpose of his involvement in the campaign was “raising awareness of COVID-19.”
“I did a PSA for Dr. Anthony Fauci, and he was kind of enough to grant me an interview as well,” Quaid explained. “And the interview and PSA were about raising awareness of COVID-19 and what we can still do to prevent lives being lost by this terrible, terrible virus. It was about the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing. It was in no way political, and in fact, Dr. Fauci and I talked about it beforehand that it was not to be political. This virus is not political.”
He also stressed that he was not paid to speak with Fauci.
“I was not paid one penny for doing this interview, and neither was Dr. Anthony Fauci,” said Quaid. “I am really disappointed that some people who call themselves legitimate reporters don’t do their homework.”
According to Politico, the COVID-19 campaign is in the works by the Department of Health and Human Services, who in addition to Quaid, has also reached out to gospel singer CeCe Winans, daytime TV host Dr. Mehemet Oz and country star Garth Brooks to participate.
Quaid lauded Trump’s handling of coronavirus back in the spring, telling The Daily Beast back in April, ““I think the president is handling it in a good way. We see him on television every day, he’s involved, and the travel ban early on was a great idea.”
Quaid isn’t the first celeb to speak out on politics over the weekend. On Sunday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson publicly endorsed a political candidate for the first time, expressing his support for former Vice President Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris as he hosted a virtual discussion with the Democratic candidates on his feed.